Oral Placement Therapy ( OPT - TalkTools )
Oral Placement Therapy is a form of speech therapy that utilizes a combination of:
(1) Auditory Stimulation
(2) Visual Stimulation and
(3) Tactile Stimulation to the mouth to improve Speech Clarity
OPT is a specialized form of Speech Therapy and requires SLPs to undergo certification process for implementation. Magpie therapists are certified in OPT (TalkTools Program). Please contact the center directly for an OPT assessment/program
OPT is used to improve articulator awareness, placement (dissociation, grading, and direction of movement), stability, and muscle memory; all of these are necessary for the development of speech clarity.
Candidacy for an OPT Program
OPT can be used with clients of many ages and ability levels. It can be incorporated into program plans for many types of speech disorders (e.g., dysarthria, apraxia of speech voice disorders, fluency disorders and post CVA clients, as well as clients with mild-to-profound levels of hearing loss).
Remember, OPT is only a small part of a comprehensive speech and language program and should not be done in isolation. The activities are carefully selected to stimulate the same movements used in the targeted speech production. They can be completed in under 15 minutes and can be used to refocus attention and concentration from a sensory processing perspective